Choosing a new ride isn’t just about fueling your swerve/wake/surf addiction with an amazing wake. You must also consider the size of your lake and typical crew, how far you have to trailer the boat, and, depending on your storage options, the size of your garage. There’s a lot to consider, and there are plenty of common knowledge truths that don’t always hold up. For example, do you think a bigger boat will always handle big water better than a smaller boat? Think again. While it generally holds true for most of the boating world, you need to know more about a boat’s hull design to know why. Take, for instance, MasterCraft’s 24-footer X-45, which is faster to plane and not as smooth in rough water as its smaller sibling, the 23-foot X-35.
“Our 45 is a sportier boat [than the X-35], so it’s not always about a bigger boat,” says MasterCraft marketing manager Josh Shave. “That does help; don’t get me wrong. But how deep the V is really affects how it cuts through water.” V is synonymous with deadrise — a term you’ve likely heard at the gas dock as a 35-foot cruiser pulled in, but maybe one you haven’t completely understood.